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Volume 20 (2022): Edizione 5 (December 2022)
Doctoral Supplement. Postgraduate Research in Contemporary Evangelical Higher Education: Academic Perspectives on Variegated Theological and Historical Topics. Edizione Editor: Marcel V. Măcelaru

Volume 20 (2022): Edizione 4 (December 2022)
Miscellaneous Theological Investigations. From Economy, Literature, and Hermeneutics to Christology, Exegesis, and Typology. Edizione Editor: Corneliu C. Simuț

Volume 20 (2022): Edizione 3 (July 2022)
A Multi-Angle Examination of C. S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces. Theological, Philosophical, Ethical, and Literary Insights from one of Lewis's Greatest Novels. Edizione Editor: Zachary Breitenbach

Volume 20 (2022): Edizione 2 (June 2022)
Reform according to Right Law: the Use of Legal Tradition in Reformation Theology. Edizione Editor: André A. Gazal

Volume 20 (2022): Edizione 1 (March 2022)
Confessing the Trinity. The Trinitarianism of Particular Baptists, 1640s-1840s. Edizione Editor: Michael A. G. Haykin

Volume 19 (2021): Edizione 4 (December 2021)
Miscellaneous Theological Studies: Biblical, Apologetic, Historical, Patristic, Theodicean, and Systematic. Edizione Editor: Corneliu C. Simuţ

Volume 19 (2021): Edizione 3 (July 2021)
Islam and Islamism. The Challenge for Modern Liberal Democracies. Edizione Editors: Raphael Lataster, Rumy Hasan

Volume 19 (2021): Edizione 2 (June 2021)
Fundamental Aspects of Christological Anthropology: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives in Contemporary Debates. Editor: Christopher G. Woznicki

Volume 19 (2021): Edizione 1 (March 2021)
Revivalism in Central European Protestantism, 1840-1940: Hungarian Calvinists, British Evangelicals & German-Austrian Pietists during the Spiritual Renewal of Protestant Churches in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Editor: Ábraham Kovács

Volume 18 (2020): Edizione 6 (December 2020)
The Catholic Reformation. Ecclesiology, Justification, Freedom, Sin, Grace & the Council of Trent. Editor: Eduardo J. Echeverria

Volume 18 (2020): Edizione 5 (October 2020)
Roman Catholic, Reformed Catholic and Evangelical Protestant. Reformation Ediziones Five Hundred Years Later. Editor: Edizione editor: Joshua R. Farris

Volume 18 (2020): Edizione 4 (August 2020)
Edizione 4 (Aug 2020): From Paris to Tortosa, via Barcelona (1240-1413), Characters, Ediziones and Problems in Medieval Jewish-Christian Disputations. Editor: Francesco Bianchi

Volume 18 (2020): Edizione 3 (July 2020)
In the Footsteps of the Divine Artist. On the Religious and Spiritual Dimension in Art. Editors: Wessel Stoker and Frank G. Bosman

Volume 18 (2020): Edizione 2 (June 2020)
De Corpore – ‘On the Body’ through the History of Idea, Views of the Body in Philosophy, Literature and Religion. Editor: Ramona Simuț

Volume 18 (2020): Edizione 1 (March 2020)
Baptist and Reformed Theologies of Vision and Deification (2). Constructive Ediziones in Contemporary Research. Editors: Joshua R. Farris and Ryan A. Brandt

Volume 17 (2019): Edizione 4 (December 2019)
Patristic Thought in Byzantine and Protestant Theology. From Gregory Palamas and George Pachymeres to Luther, Calvin, Anglicans, and Anabaptists. Editor: Andre A. Gazal

Volume 17 (2019): Edizione 3 (July 2019)
Contemporary Evangelicals on Carl F. H. Henry’s Theology. From Philosophy, Evangelism, and Apologetics to Education, History, and Practice. Editor: Robert W. Talley

Volume 17 (2019): Edizione 2 (June 2019)
Baptist and Reformed Theologies of Vision and Deification. Editors: Joshua R. Farris and Ryan A. Brandt

Volume 17 (2019): Edizione s2 (July 2019)
Single Author Supplement 2: The Background and Nature of the Dissensions in 1 Corinthians 1-4. Apollos' Role and Paul's Response. Author: Corin Mihăilă

Volume 17 (2019): Edizione 1 (March 2019)
The Father, Son, and Spirit in Early Christian Theology, Second Century Examples. Editor: Paul A. Hartog

Volume 17 (2019): Edizione s1 (January 2019)
Single Author Supplement 1: Theological Patterns in Reformation Thought. English, American, and Scottish Protestants on Christ, Revival, and the Covenant. Author: Dinu Moga

Volume 16 (2018): Edizione 4 (December 2018)
Tome huitième: Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation, 1518-2018. Contemporary Perspectives on History and Theology in British Baptist Thought. Scottish and English Baptists on Salvation, Politics, and the End of Times. Edizione editor: Alasdair Black

Volume 16 (2018): Edizione 3 (July 2018)
Tome septieme: Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation, 1518-2018. Teaching Leaders, Leading Teachers. Biblical and Historical Perspectives on Education and Leadership: Jeffrey M. Horner Edizione editor: Jeffrey M. Horner

Volume 16 (2018): Edizione 2 (June 2018)
Tome sixième: Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation, 1518-2018. Contemporary Perspectives on Molinism. Theories, Responses to Objections, and Applications, Edizione editor: Kirk R. MacGregor

Volume 16 (2018): Edizione 1 (April 2018)
Tome cinquième: Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation, 1518-2018. Insights into Contemporary Baptist Thought. Perspectives on European Baptist Theology and History, Edizione editor: Toivo Pilli

Volume 15 (2017): Edizione 4 (December 2017)
Special Edizione: Tome quatrieme: Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation, 1517-2017. Investigating the Magisterial Reformation and Its Radical Contenders. Contemporary Evangelicals on Reformation Research: from Lutheranism and Zwinglianism to Anabaptism and Baptism, Edizione Editor: Marvin Jones

Volume 15 (2017): Edizione 3 (October 2017)
Special Edizione: Tome troisième: Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation, 1517-2017. Theologizing about Spirituality, Pedagogy, and Soteriology. Miscellanea Antiqua, Medievalia, Reformatorica & Moderna by Corneliu Simuț

Volume 15 (2017): Edizione 2 (July 2017)
Special Edizione: : Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation, 1517-2017. ‘On the Soul’ through the History of Ideas. Views of the Soul in Philosophy, Literature & Relivion by Ramona Simuț

Volume 15 (2017): Edizione 1 (May 2017)
Edizione title: Tome premier: Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation: 1517-2017. Anthologizing History, the Bible, and Theology. Miscellanea Celtica, Humanistica & Reformatorica by Thomas O’Loughlin and Corneliu C. Simuț

Volume 14 (2016): Edizione 3 (December 2016)
Avant-Premiere: Celebrating 500 Years since the Reformation, 1517-2017. Contemporary Perspectives on Reformed Orthodoxy. Reformed Confessions, Scholastic Thought, and Puritan Divinity in Post-Reformation Protestantism, Edizione Editors: Gijsbert van den Brink, Aza Goudriaan

Volume 14 (2016): Edizione 2 (October 2016)
Transformative Poetry and Its Role in Catholic Theology. Dutch Contributions to Contemporary Catholic Research. Edizione Editors: Archibald L. H. M. van Wieringen, Marcel Sarot. Translator: Brian Heffernan

Volume 14 (2016): Edizione 1 (June 2016)
African Hermeneutics in the Twenty-First Century. Social History and Indigenous Theologies in Contemporary African Research. Edizione Editor: Zorodzai Dube

Volume 13 (2015): Edizione 2 (October 2015)
Edizione title: The Long History of Lutheranism in Scandinavia. Contemporary Voices in Finnish Historical Research. Edizione Editor: Pirjo Markkola

Volume 13 (2015): Edizione 1 (June 2015)
Edizione Title: The Value of Controversy. Defining Early Modern Religion through Ritual and Writing. Edizione Editor: Angela Ranson

Volume 12 (2014): Edizione 2 (October 2014)
Special issue title: Exploring the Contours of Patristic Thought. Studies on Exegesis, Christology, and Soteriology in the Early Church

Volume 12 (2014): Edizione 1 (June 2014)
Established and Emerging Voices in Richard Hooker Research, Edizione Editor: Paul A. Dominiak

Volume 11 (2013): Edizione 2 (December 2013)

Volume 11 (2013): Edizione 1 (June 2013)

Volume 10 (2012): Edizione 2 (June 2012)

Volume 10 (2012): Edizione 1 (January 2012)

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Volume 20 (2022): Edizione 5 (December 2022)
Doctoral Supplement. Postgraduate Research in Contemporary Evangelical Higher Education: Academic Perspectives on Variegated Theological and Historical Topics. Edizione Editor: Marcel V. Măcelaru

Dettagli della rivista
Formato
Rivista
eISSN
2284-7308
Pubblicato per la prima volta
20 Sep 2012
Periodo di pubblicazione
3 volte all'anno
Lingue
Inglese

Cerca

9 Articoli
Accesso libero

Right from Wright: A View on N. T. Wright’s Approach to the New Testament

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 3 - 14

Astratto

Abstract

The writings of the prominent biblical scholar N. T. Wright are much debated upon throughout the world. His currently in progress ‘Christian Origins and the Question of God’ series intrigued some and pleased others. There are a lot of articles and books evaluating either positively or negatively his writings. This is all because of the huge amount of information and of the carefully constructed methodology that permits Wright to continue his project despite the critiques brought against him. This article strives to offer a positive account of Wright’s project, having its focus on his methodology. The author suggests that the key of understanding his methodology lies in his theory of reading the New Testament texts and the history related to them. It is further suggested that this theory of reading pushed Wright toward the well-known category of ‘worldview’. This puts him in the position of bringing together the ‘then’ and the ‘now’ worldviews which, in the author’s view, constitutes the major contribution of Wright’s project.

Parole chiave

  • biblical theology
  • methodology
  • worldview
  • history
  • postmodern reading
Accesso libero

‘Are You the One Who is to Come?’ Epistemological Perspectives on Encountering the Judeo-Christian God

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 15 - 32

Astratto

Abstract

Gaining an insight on how the human perceptive apparatus has the ability to discern between the worlds, physical, divine and demonic, has intrigued many theological minds throughout the history. The concept of ‘spiritual senses’, developed in the patristic period, offers a platform for the debate on the intricate role that sensorial, psychological and spiritual skills play in perceiving the transcendent world. This paper argues that an encounter with the Judeo-Christian God presupposes, besides an innate spiritual, a priori, pre-cognitive consciousness regarding the existence of the divine, also a wholistic animation, regeneration and transfiguration of the human perceptive and psychological apparatus, through sanctification by the work of the Word and the Holy Spirit, in the community of believers.

Parole chiave

  • spiritual senses
  • intellect
  • sense of the heart
  • pre-cognitive a priori awareness
  • regeneration
  • transfiguration
Accesso libero

God’s General Revelation: A Conversation of Dogmatic and Biblical Theology

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 33 - 40

Astratto

Abstract

The aim of this work is threefold. First, it is an attempt to revisit the doctrine of God’s general revelation in conversation of dogmatic and biblical theology. Beyond the classical twofold categorizations of revelation, as natural and supernatural or general and special, in this work we argue for a threefold understanding of God’s general revelation: revelation in history, revelation in conscience and revelation in creation. Second, we intend to affirm that the foundation for this threefold conception of general revelation is the doctrine of the Trinity and the perichoretic relationships between the three divine Persons in internal life of the Trinity as well as in their activity in creation and salvation. Therefore, history is a space of the Triune God’s revelation, the revelation in conscience is a trinitarian activity, and revelation in creation is unfolding the Father, who creates through the Son in the Spirit. Third, we aim to affirm that there could be possible to elaborate a perichoretic model of God’s general revelation. Being rooted in the perichoretic understanding of Trinity, such a model pressuposes the fact that the three forms of God’s general revelation are indisolubly connected, without contradiction, separation or confusion.

Parole chiave

  • Trinity
  • revelation
  • history
  • conscience
  • creation
Accesso libero

Austria’s Conversion to Christianity

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 41 - 57

Astratto

Abstract

It is not until the 11th century AD that we can speak of Austria being a thoroughly Christian country (Romanowski 1994: 57). This is all the more astonishing when one considers that even before the turn of the first century most of what is today Austria was part of the Roman Empire and how quickly Christianity spread to other parts of the Roman Empire. But how did the Christianization of Austria come about in the first place? Who were the bearers of mission? What strategies were used? Is the term ‘missionary work’ appropriate at all or was it not rather a superficial, politically motivated Christianization? These questions are to be investigated and answered in the following article.

Parole chiave

  • Austria
  • conversion
  • Christianization
  • mission
  • history
Accesso libero

Human Rights in Two Eastern Orthodox Official Documents: An Analysis from a Public Theology Perspective

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 59 - 72

Astratto

Abstract

This paper represents a critical analysis of Eastern Orthodox perspective on Human Rights in two important official documents issued by some of the most prominent patriarchates: Moscow and Constantinople. They are compared and looked at from a public theology’s point of view as outlined by Max Stackhouse. At the same time, in this article it will be emphasized the fact that the same Eastern Orthodox theological tradition is to be credited for two significantly different approaches on the topic at hand. The recorded differences are to be interpreted in such a manner as to account for a possible paradigm shift in Orthodox ‘rights talk’. But this shift is more evident in contact with Western environment where the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition is just one of the religious and public voices in a pluralist, globalized and secularized society.

Parole chiave

  • dignity
  • freedom
  • human rights
  • Eastern Orthodoxy
  • public faith
Accesso libero

Resurrection of the Dead as an Element of Factionalism in the Corinthian Church Community

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 73 - 80

Astratto

Abstract

Human tragedy could be summed up a single word—death. One first encounters it through the death of others, and then everyone faces it for themselves. The Christian faith confronts humanity’s final foe head on, delivering sustained hope amidst the sorrow and despair of impending death. This paper will first address the central role of the resurrection of the dead in First Corinthians. Second, the paper will present Paul’s retort to several challenges raised against the notion of the resurrection. Finally, the paper will attempt to systematize the means by which Paul proves the resurrection of the dead.

Parole chiave

  • resurrection
  • dead
  • Corinthians
  • community
  • body
Accesso libero

Learning from their Own History: An Analysis of the Leader’s Speech in the Book of Samuel

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 81 - 85

Astratto

Abstract

The final speech given by Samuel to mark the passing from a theocratic to a monarchical regime is distinguished by the strategy of learning from their own history. The leader uses historical elements to determine the community to obey Yahweh as a part of an educational strategy whereby the leader uses history for pedagogical purposes. The mentioned events are subjective in nature and reflect the re-validation of Samuel as leader, the belief that Saul had become a part of the divine plan of government, and it highlights the sins of the people showing the decisive contribution of Yahweh to the progress of the community up until that moment.

Parole chiave

  • Samuel
  • speech
  • education
  • strategy
  • leadership
  • history
Accesso libero

The Davidic Messiah in the Old Testament Tracing a Theological Trajectory

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 87 - 96

Astratto

Abstract

The present article revisits the issue of messianism, particularly as it finds its expression in the Davidic kingship tradition, that is, the belief concerning a Davidic Messiah. Since Old Testament messianic hope is inseparably associatied with the dynasty of David a study that traces the various perspectives concerning the Davidic Messiah chronologically and canonically can bring a contribution to this important Old Testament theme, too often neglected. Thus, the study shows that the belief in the coming of a Davidic Messiah is a prominent eschatological theme in the Old Testament. Its roots can be traced back to the historical covenant made by Yahweh with David, which receives hyperbolic and symbolical dimensions in the royal Psalms, and a full-fledged eschatological orientation in prophetic writings. The monarchic prophets: Isaiah, Micah, Amos, and Hosea draw on the covenant promises to David to ground their message regarding the coming of a ‘new David’, who would destroy the wicked, protect the poor and oppressed, and institute an eternal era of peace, justice, and righteousness. In the context of the Babylonian exile, Jeremiah and Ezekiel foresee that God will bring forth a righteous ‘shoot’ of Davidic line to reunite the nation and shepherd God’s people. In the post-exilic period, Zechariah underscores the promise that David’s son will build a house for Yahweh, moving from the initial historical focus on Zerubbabel and his role, to the eschatological expectation of the one and only messianic figure that will bring the final restoration.

Parole chiave

  • messianic expectation
  • Davidic covenant
  • royal psalms
  • Davidic kingship
  • eschato-logical hope
Accesso libero

Childlessness in the Bible

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 97 - 104

Astratto

Abstract

This study casts light on how the issue of childlessness is portrayed in the Bible. The discussion begins with a commentary on Michal’s story, which provides the foundation for further reflection on how childlessness was dealt with in the biblical world, especially in the situations where no miraculous divine solutions were provided. Several humanly devised solutions, acceptable and practiced in the ancient world are presented. The last part of the paper focuses on the more eschatological view of human existence provided in the New Testament, showing that childlessness is a form of suffering included in the promise of redemption brought about by the inauguration of God’s kingdom. As such the response of the redeemed community is to be characterized by love and compassion.

Parole chiave

  • childlessness in the Bible
  • Michal
  • David
  • childlessness in the ancient world
  • Biblical ethics
9 Articoli
Accesso libero

Right from Wright: A View on N. T. Wright’s Approach to the New Testament

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 3 - 14

Astratto

Abstract

The writings of the prominent biblical scholar N. T. Wright are much debated upon throughout the world. His currently in progress ‘Christian Origins and the Question of God’ series intrigued some and pleased others. There are a lot of articles and books evaluating either positively or negatively his writings. This is all because of the huge amount of information and of the carefully constructed methodology that permits Wright to continue his project despite the critiques brought against him. This article strives to offer a positive account of Wright’s project, having its focus on his methodology. The author suggests that the key of understanding his methodology lies in his theory of reading the New Testament texts and the history related to them. It is further suggested that this theory of reading pushed Wright toward the well-known category of ‘worldview’. This puts him in the position of bringing together the ‘then’ and the ‘now’ worldviews which, in the author’s view, constitutes the major contribution of Wright’s project.

Parole chiave

  • biblical theology
  • methodology
  • worldview
  • history
  • postmodern reading
Accesso libero

‘Are You the One Who is to Come?’ Epistemological Perspectives on Encountering the Judeo-Christian God

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 15 - 32

Astratto

Abstract

Gaining an insight on how the human perceptive apparatus has the ability to discern between the worlds, physical, divine and demonic, has intrigued many theological minds throughout the history. The concept of ‘spiritual senses’, developed in the patristic period, offers a platform for the debate on the intricate role that sensorial, psychological and spiritual skills play in perceiving the transcendent world. This paper argues that an encounter with the Judeo-Christian God presupposes, besides an innate spiritual, a priori, pre-cognitive consciousness regarding the existence of the divine, also a wholistic animation, regeneration and transfiguration of the human perceptive and psychological apparatus, through sanctification by the work of the Word and the Holy Spirit, in the community of believers.

Parole chiave

  • spiritual senses
  • intellect
  • sense of the heart
  • pre-cognitive a priori awareness
  • regeneration
  • transfiguration
Accesso libero

God’s General Revelation: A Conversation of Dogmatic and Biblical Theology

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 33 - 40

Astratto

Abstract

The aim of this work is threefold. First, it is an attempt to revisit the doctrine of God’s general revelation in conversation of dogmatic and biblical theology. Beyond the classical twofold categorizations of revelation, as natural and supernatural or general and special, in this work we argue for a threefold understanding of God’s general revelation: revelation in history, revelation in conscience and revelation in creation. Second, we intend to affirm that the foundation for this threefold conception of general revelation is the doctrine of the Trinity and the perichoretic relationships between the three divine Persons in internal life of the Trinity as well as in their activity in creation and salvation. Therefore, history is a space of the Triune God’s revelation, the revelation in conscience is a trinitarian activity, and revelation in creation is unfolding the Father, who creates through the Son in the Spirit. Third, we aim to affirm that there could be possible to elaborate a perichoretic model of God’s general revelation. Being rooted in the perichoretic understanding of Trinity, such a model pressuposes the fact that the three forms of God’s general revelation are indisolubly connected, without contradiction, separation or confusion.

Parole chiave

  • Trinity
  • revelation
  • history
  • conscience
  • creation
Accesso libero

Austria’s Conversion to Christianity

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 41 - 57

Astratto

Abstract

It is not until the 11th century AD that we can speak of Austria being a thoroughly Christian country (Romanowski 1994: 57). This is all the more astonishing when one considers that even before the turn of the first century most of what is today Austria was part of the Roman Empire and how quickly Christianity spread to other parts of the Roman Empire. But how did the Christianization of Austria come about in the first place? Who were the bearers of mission? What strategies were used? Is the term ‘missionary work’ appropriate at all or was it not rather a superficial, politically motivated Christianization? These questions are to be investigated and answered in the following article.

Parole chiave

  • Austria
  • conversion
  • Christianization
  • mission
  • history
Accesso libero

Human Rights in Two Eastern Orthodox Official Documents: An Analysis from a Public Theology Perspective

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 59 - 72

Astratto

Abstract

This paper represents a critical analysis of Eastern Orthodox perspective on Human Rights in two important official documents issued by some of the most prominent patriarchates: Moscow and Constantinople. They are compared and looked at from a public theology’s point of view as outlined by Max Stackhouse. At the same time, in this article it will be emphasized the fact that the same Eastern Orthodox theological tradition is to be credited for two significantly different approaches on the topic at hand. The recorded differences are to be interpreted in such a manner as to account for a possible paradigm shift in Orthodox ‘rights talk’. But this shift is more evident in contact with Western environment where the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition is just one of the religious and public voices in a pluralist, globalized and secularized society.

Parole chiave

  • dignity
  • freedom
  • human rights
  • Eastern Orthodoxy
  • public faith
Accesso libero

Resurrection of the Dead as an Element of Factionalism in the Corinthian Church Community

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 73 - 80

Astratto

Abstract

Human tragedy could be summed up a single word—death. One first encounters it through the death of others, and then everyone faces it for themselves. The Christian faith confronts humanity’s final foe head on, delivering sustained hope amidst the sorrow and despair of impending death. This paper will first address the central role of the resurrection of the dead in First Corinthians. Second, the paper will present Paul’s retort to several challenges raised against the notion of the resurrection. Finally, the paper will attempt to systematize the means by which Paul proves the resurrection of the dead.

Parole chiave

  • resurrection
  • dead
  • Corinthians
  • community
  • body
Accesso libero

Learning from their Own History: An Analysis of the Leader’s Speech in the Book of Samuel

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 81 - 85

Astratto

Abstract

The final speech given by Samuel to mark the passing from a theocratic to a monarchical regime is distinguished by the strategy of learning from their own history. The leader uses historical elements to determine the community to obey Yahweh as a part of an educational strategy whereby the leader uses history for pedagogical purposes. The mentioned events are subjective in nature and reflect the re-validation of Samuel as leader, the belief that Saul had become a part of the divine plan of government, and it highlights the sins of the people showing the decisive contribution of Yahweh to the progress of the community up until that moment.

Parole chiave

  • Samuel
  • speech
  • education
  • strategy
  • leadership
  • history
Accesso libero

The Davidic Messiah in the Old Testament Tracing a Theological Trajectory

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 87 - 96

Astratto

Abstract

The present article revisits the issue of messianism, particularly as it finds its expression in the Davidic kingship tradition, that is, the belief concerning a Davidic Messiah. Since Old Testament messianic hope is inseparably associatied with the dynasty of David a study that traces the various perspectives concerning the Davidic Messiah chronologically and canonically can bring a contribution to this important Old Testament theme, too often neglected. Thus, the study shows that the belief in the coming of a Davidic Messiah is a prominent eschatological theme in the Old Testament. Its roots can be traced back to the historical covenant made by Yahweh with David, which receives hyperbolic and symbolical dimensions in the royal Psalms, and a full-fledged eschatological orientation in prophetic writings. The monarchic prophets: Isaiah, Micah, Amos, and Hosea draw on the covenant promises to David to ground their message regarding the coming of a ‘new David’, who would destroy the wicked, protect the poor and oppressed, and institute an eternal era of peace, justice, and righteousness. In the context of the Babylonian exile, Jeremiah and Ezekiel foresee that God will bring forth a righteous ‘shoot’ of Davidic line to reunite the nation and shepherd God’s people. In the post-exilic period, Zechariah underscores the promise that David’s son will build a house for Yahweh, moving from the initial historical focus on Zerubbabel and his role, to the eschatological expectation of the one and only messianic figure that will bring the final restoration.

Parole chiave

  • messianic expectation
  • Davidic covenant
  • royal psalms
  • Davidic kingship
  • eschato-logical hope
Accesso libero

Childlessness in the Bible

Pubblicato online: 20 Aug 2022
Pagine: 97 - 104

Astratto

Abstract

This study casts light on how the issue of childlessness is portrayed in the Bible. The discussion begins with a commentary on Michal’s story, which provides the foundation for further reflection on how childlessness was dealt with in the biblical world, especially in the situations where no miraculous divine solutions were provided. Several humanly devised solutions, acceptable and practiced in the ancient world are presented. The last part of the paper focuses on the more eschatological view of human existence provided in the New Testament, showing that childlessness is a form of suffering included in the promise of redemption brought about by the inauguration of God’s kingdom. As such the response of the redeemed community is to be characterized by love and compassion.

Parole chiave

  • childlessness in the Bible
  • Michal
  • David
  • childlessness in the ancient world
  • Biblical ethics

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